Jackson NH, Eagle Mountain House in summer , courtesy Eagle Mountain House
Visiting the Mount Washington Valley, NH with teens and tweens often involves a lot of climbing, hiking, and general racing around. After a day of ziplines, gondolas, alpine slides, bungee trampolines, climbing walls and hiking both parents and teen appreciated the opportunity to slow down and savour the historic charms of the almost century-old 93-room Eagle Mountain House grand hotel in Jackson, NH.
Located halfway between bustling North Conway and Mount Washington, the town of Jackson hearkens back to a more elegant era of grand hotels, golf courses and scenic views. It is easy to drive past Jackson on your way up and down busy Route 16, but whether you are stopping to visit the lovely Jackson Falls, grab lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants, cross country ski, play golf, or stay for a week at a classic inn or hotel, it is worth making the turn off the highway, driving under the red covered bridge and experiencing the mountains the way visitors did 100 years ago.
Casual charm at the Eagle Mountain House dining room, courtesy Eagle Mountain House
As is typical, we arrived late and a little out of breath for our dinner at the Eagle Mountain House Highfields Tavern. The hostess and staff quickly put us at ease, whisking us to a table and serving up our drink orders. We were impressed with the menu which includes a range of burgers, salads, fish and chips and typical pub fare as well as lobster rolls, steaks and a yummy dessert menu. The dining room is casually elegant with white table clothes but guests welcome in any type of reasonable vacation attire including shorts and jeans.
The servings are generous. Our teen devoured a very large serving of fish and chips while the adults enjoyed Farm House Meatloaf that Camera Guy describes as ”to die for” and Mary T had a hearty steak topped with fried onions. The Shirley Temples were also teen approved and the enormous piece of chocolate cake served up for dessert didn’t last long either.
End your meal with a drink on the veranda, courtesy the Eagle Mountain House
After dinner, the adults took dessert drinks from the well stocked bar out to the rocking chairs on the beautiful 280-foot wraparound veranda that offers stunning views of the hotel’s 9-hole golf course and surrounding mountains. Meanwhile, the teen explored the public areas of the hotel from top to bottom, coming back to beg spare change for the game room machines. We loved the historic lobby which still sports the original room phone cable switchboard and wooden mail slots for seasonal guests.
As we gathered up our jackets and got ready to head back to our hotel in North Conway we decided we had to come back to this special spot again.
We were invited for a complimentary dinner at the Eagle Mountain House Highfields Tavern as part of our whirlwind weekend with teens arranged by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. We paid for our own drinks and gratuities. Our accepting dinner in no way obligated us to provide a positive review. All opinions in this article are totally our own. For links to more information about our visit to New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, check out our Mount Washington Valley Top 10 – Summer Edition article.